Knitwear spotting

Tuesday Oct 24, 2023

Making and meeting

We had a really wonderful time at Shetland Wool Week – thank you so much to all of you who came to see us in the studio and at the Makers Market.

Fair Isle jumpers - Two white men outside the Nielanell knitwear studio in Hoswick, Shetland. On the left the man wears a handknitted Fair Isle jumper and hat in natural greys. On the right the man wears a Fair Isle hooded jumper knitted in yellows and green, from Jamiesons of Shetland. Both men have beards.

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The studio in Hoswick was bustling with visitors from all over the world. Of course, one of the pleasures of Wool Week is meeting people...and admiring their knitwear.

The gentleman on the left in the picture above, a visitor from Iceland, knitted the Fair Isle jumper and hat himself. And the chap on the right is from Shear Wensleydale and was visiting from the north of England. He is wearing a splendid Jamieson's of Shetland Fair Isle hoodie.


In the Nielanell studio Hoswick, Shetland. The studio is full of visitors trying on knitwear. Knits are piled up and displayed on mannequins, and hanging.

Yes, that is the studio! Full of lovely wool folk.

Knitwear spotting is a favourite past time here at Nielanell. We may make our own knitwear, but we never tire of seeing what other people are wearing and the story of how they made it (or who made it), the yarn they used and the colours chosen. 

In the Nielanell knitwear studio, Shetland , a visitor wears an intricately patterned Fair Isle cardigan in many soft colours. Marie Wallin pattern
One of our visitors in a beautiful handknit cardigan, which looks like a pattern by knitwear designer Marie Wallin, in Fair Isle style knitting.

Along with talented handknitters it’s a delight to welcome spinners, dyers and wool and fibre growers to the studio.

In the Nielanell knitwear studio, Shetland. A lana del pascolo shawl is discussed by visitors.
Chatting about a shawl knitted with Lana al Pascolo alpaca yarn. 

One afternoon, Niela’s 'Meet the Designer' event ran on much longer than planned as we enjoyed a brilliant discussion with new friends including Italian alpaca farmers and yarn makers, Lana al Pascolo and Canadians Christopher and Jamie of Cabin Boy Knits (naturally dyed yarn).

Huge thanks to everyone involved in Shetland Wool Week for allowing us the excuse to revel in wool and fibre all week!

A close up image of a drop spindle with natural fawn yarn. Held in the Nielanell knitwear studio, Shetland

A visitor relaxes with their drop spindle in the Nielanell knitwear studio.
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